February 20, 2024

122nd Annual Georgefest in Eustis Continues Despite Rainy Start

2 min read| Published On: February 20th, 2024|

By Cindy Peterson

122nd Annual Georgefest in Eustis Continues Despite Rainy Start

2 min read| Published On: February 20th, 2024|

Despite a rainy start, the 122nd Annual Georgefest in Eustis kicked off with enthusiasm and resilience. This long-standing community event isn’t over yet. There’s plenty more in store with better weather (cross your fingers) in the forecast.

The rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of participants in the 5th Annual Georgefest Open Team Bass Tournament on Sunday. Hosted by Gibson Construction and Florida Bass Nation, the tournament paid tribute to the late PFC Derek Gibson, a Bronze Star recipient from Eustis. Despite the challenging conditions, 39 teams competed, with Dennis Young and Herman Young emerging victorious, who brought in their black bass weighing 21.35 pounds and claiming the top prize of $2,500. Austin Mairena and Joey Bloom secured the heaviest catch of the day, reeling in a bass weighing 6.6 pounds.

Additionally, the Miss Georgefest pageant added to the festivities, crowning winners who embody the spirit of Eustis. Among the winners were Chloie Sebree as Miss Eustis, Sydnie Sebree as Teen Miss Eustis, and Caroline Schapansky as Miss Georgefest.

Other winners include:
1st Runner-up Teen Miss Eustis – Addisyn Rae Melanson
Miss Eustis People’s Choice – Raegan Ward
1st Runner-Up Miss Georgefest – Isabel Elena Latorre-Lagos
2nd Runner-Up Miss Georgefest – Kylie Blakely
Miss Georgefest People’s Choice – Caroline Schapansky

While the Ice Cream Social was rescheduled due to inclement weather, attendees can look forward to this event at 6pm today at the Clifford House.

The excitement continues with the carnival, beginning on Thursday night and extending through Sunday, offering thrilling rides and entertainment for all ages.

As the weekend continues, attendees can anticipate musical performances by popular artists including:

Thursday at 7pm – Thunderstorm Artis: Born and raised amidst the scenic landscapes of Oahu, Thunderstorm Artis captivates audiences with his soulful melodies and uplifting presence. As a Season 18 finalist on The Voice, Artis has garnered acclaim for his original compositions and heartfelt renditions of classics, enchanting listeners with his magical tone.

Friday at 8pm – Tracy Byrd: A stalwart of traditional country music, Tracy Byrd’s chart-topping hits and timeless classics have solidified his place in the hearts of country music enthusiasts. With memorable songs like “Holdin’ Heaven” and “Watermelon Crawl,” Byrd’s performances promise an unforgettable journey through the heartland of country music.

Saturday at 7:30 pm – Drake White: Hailing from Alabama, Drake White infuses his performances with infectious energy and authentic storytelling, earning recognition as one of country music’s most spirited innovators. With his soul-stirring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, White promises a soulful and electrifying musical experience.

For more information and updates on Georgefest events, visit Eustis.org.


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About the Author: Cindy Peterson

Originally from the small town of Berryville, Arkansas, Cindy has become a multimedia specialist in journalism, photography, videography and video editing.

She has a B.S. in Communications from the University of Central Arkansas and is a correspondent for The Daily Commercial, LakeFront TV and Beacon College’s PBS talk show, “A World of Difference,” where she received an Anthem Award and Telly Award.

When she isn’t working, Cindy spends time with her husband, Ryan, and son, David, traveling and taking photos of landscapes and wildlife.

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